Be sure to read the fine print when shopping for a traffic school such as Basic Driver Improvement, Advanced Driver Improvement or the D.A.T.E. Course (learner’s permit course). If the cost of the course is unusually low, most of the time there is a hidden fee attached and you’ll end up paying a lot more than the fee that is advertised. For instance, some of the course providers may advertise the D.A.T.E. Course for as low as *$19. Seems like a great price to pay, but WAIT! The very small (*) in front of the price often means “LOOK FOR THE HIDDEN FEE”. The hidden fee is usually an extra charge that is in small print somewhere on the webpage indicating additional charges for a certificate or state processing fee, which can be anywhere from $8-$15 in addition to the listed price of $19. That low advertised fee is now $27-$35, way above the average cost of the course. It is also important to know that it is not necessary to purchase a completion certificate for the D.A.T.E. Course, all course providers are required to submit the completion electronically and the DMV will not accept a paper certificate.